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DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS
RELATING TO THE
PROVINCE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE,
FROM 1692 TO 1722:
"JOURNAL OF THE COUNCIL AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY.”
PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE OP NEW HAMPSHIRE.
COMPILED AND EDITED BY
NATHANIEL BOUTON, D. D.,
Corresponding Secretary of the New-flampshire Historical Society.
Joint RESOLUTION, passed by the Legislature of New-Hampshire.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court convened, That his Excellency the Governor be hereby authorized and empowered, with the advice and consent of the Council, to employ some suitable person, and fix his compensation, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to collect, arrange, transcribe, and superintend the publication of such portions of the early State and Provincial Records, and other State Papers of New Hampshire, as the Governor may deem proper; and that eight hundred copies of each volume of the same be printed by the State Printer and distributed as follows : namely, one copy to each City and Town in this State, one copy to such of the Public Libraries of this State as the Governor may designate, two hundred copies to the New-Hampshire Historical Society, and the remainder placed in the custody of the State Librarian who is hereby authorized to exchange the same for similar publications issued by other States.
Approved July 6, 1866.
ALTHOUGH this third volume of Provincial Papers covers nearly the same period as the preceding volume, yet it will be seen on examination that the contents of the volume are materially different from the former. The one contains the Records of the CounCIL, which was the Executire body in the Province, composed of the Governor and not less than five Councillors, who received their appointment and commission from the Crown. The AssEMBLY was composed of men chosen by the freeholders of the respective towns, as their representatives or deputies, having authority to enact laws, lay taxes, &c., and constituted the Legislative branch of the government. All laws, acts and ordinances, howerer, passed by the Assembly, must be concurred in by the Council, approved by the Governor and finally be sanctioned by the King.
The “ Journal of the Council and Assembly” contained in this volume is a record of the joint transactions of the two bodies in relation to all business which appropriately belonged to the Sessions of the General Assembly. No Journal of the House separate from the joint Journal of the Council and Assembly is found till 1711, and that is very meagre and incomplete till 1722. Occasional extracts are made from it, to supplement or elucidate the Journal of the Council and Assembly, but the Editor has not deemed it necessary or expedient to publish it entire.
In this volume, as in the preceding, will be found, in chronological order, many letters, papers, speeches and authentic facts,